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Ranking of 7 games remaining on the Ravens’ schedule, from easiest to hardest | ANALYSIS

In 2019, when the Ravens won 12 straight games and advanced to the playoffs as Super Bowl favorites, they topped the NFL on point difference.

In 2020, when the Crows won five straight wins and ended the season with 11 wins and were in the postseason, they topped the NFL on point difference.

Things were a little different this year. In Week 12, The Ravens 7-3 are second only to the Tennessee Titans 8-3 in the AFC, but their point difference is only plus 17, making them the seventh best in the conference. Their 16-13 win on Sunday against the Chicago Bears marked their fifth fourth-quarter comeback this season.

“To see the effort and sacrifice that this team has made over the past 10 weeks is just encouraging,” said Calais Campbell on the defensive. “This is something that we can definitely use as a momentum in the future.”

They will take whatever they can at the moment. Beginning Sunday night against the Cleveland Browns, the Ravens will end the regular season with seven games against the teams that currently hold the record for wins.

This is how these games stack up, from the simplest to the most difficult. The individual ranking is determined by Football Outsiders.

7. Pittsburgh Steelers (18 weeks in Baltimore)

Rating: Attack number 21, defense number 25, special group number 15

Why are they vulnerable: This is not your father’s Steelers protection. Pittsburgh (5-4-1) have scored at least 19 points in seven of their last nine games. Two exceptions: a 16-16 draw with the Detroit Lions unbeaten in cold and rainy weather, and a 15-10 win over the Cleveland Browns and lame defender Baker Mayfield.

Injury and illness were also a problem. Line-backs Stefon Thuitt (knee) and Tyson Alualu (ankle) are in reserve with injuries and do not expect to be back soon. Mink Fitzpatrick’s safety missed Sunday’s defeat to the Los Angeles Chargers while on the COVID-19 Reserve / List. Outside midfielder TJ Watt is suffering from hip and knee injuries. Wing-back Joe Hayden is returning from a sprained foot.

Why is it not: When did the Steelers let Lamar Jackson get his way? In four starts against Pittsburgh, he made only 57.9% of assists, made three touchdowns and five interceptions, and averaged just 4.2 yards per carry.

Watt has to wreak havoc on the edge, especially if the Ravens can’t get their game running on the run. The Steelers’ defensive front won’t make things any easier. According to Pro Football Focus, Cameron Hayward is the NFL’s top defender among domestic linemen, with former Raven Chris Wormley in seventh.

6. Pittsburgh Steelers (13th week in Pittsburgh)

Why are they vulnerable: This is not your father Steelers’ crime either. According to Sharp Football Stats, Pittsburgh is ranked 21st for explosion rate, 26th for explosion rate, and 28th for explosion rate. Juju Smith-Schuster’s shoulder injury at the end of the season limited Pittsburgh’s incoming squad, as did his quarterback. Ben Rotlisberger averages 6.9 yards per pass attempt, the lowest of his career and one of the lowest in the NFL.

Rookie running back, Naji Harris is second on the team in catch (49, 337 yards and two touchdowns), but averages just 3.6 yards per carry. The Steelers’ revamped offensive line has struggled to open up holes, and injuries to starting defenders Trey Turner and Kevin Dotson won’t help.

Why is it not: Coach Mike Tomlin has never ended a losing season in Pittsburgh. If the Steelers get there again, it will be because they were protecting Heinz Field. However, the Ravens have performed well in Pittsburgh in recent years, winning two of their last three games and nearly losing their chagrin last year despite a coronavirus-ravaged squad.

5. Cleveland Browns (12th week in Baltimore)

Rating: Attack number 12, defense number 24, special group number 16

Why are they vulnerable: In two games in a row, the Crows knocked the starting quarterback out of the game. That’s bad news for the Browns (6-5) or Mayfield, who reportedly have a bruised heel, bruised knee, and a torn upper lip on their left shoulder.

Over the past two games, a defeat to the New England Patriots and a small win over the Lions on Sunday, Mayfield has a combined 26 of 50 yards for 249 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. Tight ends David Njoku and Austin Hooper may be his best passing passes, and the Ravens have done a great job this year, finishing in 16th in defensive efficiency, according to Football Outsiders.

Why is it not: Miles Garrett is ranked # 1 in the NFL in terms of ESPN wins. The second place is taken by fellow defense Jadevon Clown. The Ravens are in third place behind the last in corrected layoffs by Football Outsiders.

Do I need to say more?

4. Cincinnati Bengals (16 weeks in Cincinnati)

Rating: Assault No. 23, Defense No. 15, Special Groups No. 9

Why are they vulnerable: This Bengal attack is not as good as the Ravens made them look in week 7. Take away that 41-17 romp that saw Cincinnati quarterback Joe Burrow beat 416 yards in his career and running defenders Joe Mixon and Samaje Perin combined. 111 yards and Bengal yards per game will drop from 5.8 (10th in the NFL) to 5.4 (20th).

Cincinnati’s last two games have not inspired much confidence in the second half in attack. In week 9, before the Bengals said goodbye, Burrow intercepted twice, including a peak six, losing 41-16 to the Browns. Burrow averaged just 5.1 yards per try on Sunday and finished 148 in 32-13 away wins over the Las Vegas Raiders. Wide rookie receiver Ja’Marr Chase has not surpassed 49 yards in play since his 201 yards blast in Baltimore.

Why is it not: According to Football Outsiders, Cincinnati (6-4) has the best result of all the opponents remaining on the Ravens’ schedule. The Bengals made the Ravens’ attack one-dimensional in their first match, holding back running backs Devont Freeman, Ty’Son Williams and Le’Veon Bell by 11 cores at 29 yards. The Ravens finished 115 yards just because Jackson ran 12 times (six of them in scrum) for 88 yards.

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This fight early on allowed Cincinnati to pass the Ravens, especially on the right side after tackling Patrick Mekari with an ankle injury. On the Bengals defense, Sam Hubbard and Trey Hendrickson finished 3 ½ sacks together, while Jackson finished 15 of 31 – his only game with less than 50% accuracy this season – on 257 yards and a touchdown.

3. Cleveland Browns (14 weeks in Cleveland)

Why are they vulnerable: The Browns’ pass may be elite, but their running defense is falling apart. The Patriots ran 184 yards and averaged 5.4 yards per carry in week 10. A week later, the Lions – the same Lions that played one of the NFL’s least impressive attacks – scored 168 yards and 7.3 yards per carry. …

Some help may already be on the way: Coach Kevin Stefanski said on Monday that he is confident that inner midfielder Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoa (ankle), one of the league’s top rookies, will be able to play on Sunday. But after what the Crows did in Cleveland in their last encounter, racing 32 times for 231 yards and five touchdowns, there is only room for improvement.

Why is it not: Owusu-Koramoa isn’t the only outstanding Browns player set to make a comeback. Right tackle Jack Conklin (elbow) and backward runner Karim Hunt (calf) are expected to come out of injury reserve and return to training this week. Conklin was selected by the All-Pro last season, and Hunt averaged 5.2 yards per move in his first six games this year, plus 8.1 yards per catch.

The Ravens have one of the NFL’s most trusted defenses, ranking sixth in terms of Football Outsiders performance, but their depth and fighting ability can be frustrating. Defensive Tackle Brandon Williams has not played since Week 7 with a shoulder injury, and Defensive Tackle Derek Wolfe (back / hip) has dropped out of the season. For the indoor midfielder, there is perhaps no better test for Josh Bynes’ range and Patrick Queen’s strength than star runner Nick Chubb.

2. Green Bay Packers (15 weeks in Baltimore)

Rating: Attack number 5, defense number 14, special group number 29

Why are they vulnerable: Like the Ravens, Green Bay has an impressive 8-3 record, but not an impressive resume. According to Football Outsiders, the Packers are the number 13 NFL team, two spots behind the 5-5 Minnesota Vikings and two spots ahead of the Ravens. Their best player, quarterback Aaron Rogers, has already missed time this season due to coronavirus infection and now has an injury that he says is “a little worse than a finger on the grass.”

There are also fears along the line of the battle. Outstanding offensive lineman Elgton Jenkins tore his cruciate ligament on Sunday. The left grip he replaced, All-Pro David Bakhtiari, reportedly recently underwent arthroscopic surgery to clean up a knee he tore apart last year and has never returned to training. On the defensive, the Packers also occupy the bottom half of the NFL rankings in ESPN passing wins (26th) and stoppage wins (20th).

Why is it not: Despite all the oddities and odds of Rogers’ season – the outbreak of COVID-19 on the team, his flaws in leadership, his struggles to throw the ball deep – he’s still ranked fourth in the NFL in QBR, according to ESPN. A year after being named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player, Rogers completed 66.8% of his passes at 7.8 yards per try, had 21 touchdowns and just four interceptions. Wide receiver Davante Adams, always a cover nightmare, averages 13.6 yards per catch.

Even if Rogers ‘toe injury would limit their aerial attack, reinforcements could boost the Packers’ average defense by week 15. Green Bay coach Matt Lafler said earlier this month that the team hopes former Ravens midfielder Za’Darius Smith (rear) and All-Pro defender Jair Alexander (shoulder) will return at some point this season.

1. Los Angeles Rams (17th week in Baltimore)

Rating: Attack number 2, defense number 8, special group number 26

Why are they vulnerable: The Rams (7-3) will probably figure it out by the beginning of January, but so far they are in serious condition. Matthew Stafford, who leads the NFL in QBR, continued his worst game of his season in week 9 with an even worse performance in week 10. In double-digit losses to the Titans and the San Francisco 49ers, he averaged about 6 yards per pass. the attempt ended with more interceptions than landings.

Headlines made the news of the addition of wide-ranging successor Odell Beckham Jr mid-season, but the loss of Robert Woods to a ruptured ligament is likely to prove more significant. Not only has he become a more productive successor in recent years, he’s versatile enough to unlock some elements of Rams’ creative running game. Stafford and Star Receiver Cooper Kupp will need help with the rest of the offense, in which players are not very skilled.

Why is it not: Maybe no opponent will give the Ravens more headaches than a synchronized Ram team. If above average quarterbacks can have career days against this passing defense, what would Stafford, Kupp, and coach Sean McVeigh come up with?

On the other hand, this is not the same offense for the Ravens that raced 285 yards and five touchdowns in the 2019 Los Angeles hype. And that’s not the Rams’ defense either. Defensive Tackle Aaron Donald is one of the most dominant players in the NFL. Leonard Floyd and rookie Von Miller are a terrifying duo heading for the edge. And full-back Jalen Ramsey can count on knocking almost any receiver out of the game.

Week 12

BROWN @RAVEN

Sunday, 20:20

TV: Ch. 11, 4 Radio: 97.9 FM, 1090 AM

Line: Ravens 3 ½

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